Ted Grimsrud blog posts

This is a chronological list of the blog posts (339 as of 6.8.21) I have published that the ThinkingPacifism.net site.

2010 [6 posts]

“Our fathers’ war.” December 26.

“The Long Shadow: World War II’s Moral Legacy (1. Introduction).” December 30.

“The Long Shadow: World War II’s Moral Legacy (2. Jus ad bellum).” December 30.

“Word and deed: The strange case of John Howard Yoder.” December 30.

“The Long Shadow: World War II’s Moral Legacy (3. Jus in bello).” December 30.

“The Long Shadow: World War II’s Moral Legacy (4. What the War cost).” December 31.

2011 [46 posts]

“The Long Shadow: World War II’s Moral Legacy (5. Pax Americana).” January 1.

“The Long Shadow: World War II’s Moral Legacy (6. The Cold War).” January 3.

“The Long Shadow: World War II’s Moral Legacy (7. Full spectrum dominance).” January 4.

“The Long Shadow: World War II’s Moral Legacy (8. No to the War).” January 7.

“Is Karl Barth good for Mennonites?” [part one] January 9.

“Is Karl Barth good for Mennonites?” [part two] January 13.

“How should a pacifist view World War II?” January 21.

“Word and deed: The strange case of John Howard Yoder (addendum).” February 8.

“World War II and America’s soul: Christian reflections.” February 20.

“The Long Shadow—World War II’s moral legacy (9. Social Transformation).” February 25.

“What do we make of Dietrich Bonhoeffer?” February 27.

“World War II and the limits of ‘just war’ thought: Early reflections.” March 7.

“Pacifism and the Civil Rights Movement.” March 13.

“What do you do with those who ask what you do with a bully?” March 20.

“Why did Jesus die?” March 28.

“What’s really at stake in the debate about universalism?” April 3.

“The book of Revelation and the end of Christianity.” April 12.

“Can the military do peace?” April 17.

“Resurrection ‘faith.'” April 24.

“Romans 13 supports pacifism!” May 1.

“Who can stand against it? The ‘good war’ and the Beast of Revelation.” May 13.

“Mennonites and alcohol: Fascinating social dynamics.” May 15.

Are we living under totalitarianism?” May 23.

“Affirming life: Learning from Martin Buber.” May 27.

“Defending Yoder, part one: Responding to Peter Leithart’s critique.” May 29.

“Defending Yoder, part two: Earl Zimmerman’s account.” June 5.

“Grandchildren and hope.” June 18.

“Why pacifism?” June 21.

“Convictions about God 1996/2011 (1).” June 23.

“Changing convictions about God? 1996/2011 (2).” June 26.

“Convictions about Jesus 1996/2011 (1).” June 28.

“Changing convictions about Jesus 1996/2011 (2).” July 3.

Convictions about the Holy Spirit 1996/2011 (1).” July 6.

“Changing convictions about the Holy Spirit? 1996/2011 (2).” July 17.

“Mercy all the way down?” July 18.

“Gordon Kaufman, R.I.P.” July 24.

Mennonite theology and war: Kaufman and Yoder.” July 31.

Theology as if Jesus Matters—A review and some reflections.” August 7.

“Gordon Kaufman and theological ‘orthodoxy’.” September 18.

War and the Old Testament: A proposal.” October 3.

“Käthe Kollwitz: Making peace with art.” October 9.

“What about abortion?” October 30.

How does pacifism (properly understood) work as a core Christian conviction?” December 4.

“Does Jesus’s death have meaning?” December 11.

“Jesus’s death and my salvation.” December 18.

Does Paul agree with Jesus about salvation?” December 23.

2012 [42 posts]

“Christian salvation: Do the questions never end?” January 1.

“Was World War II an unjust war?” January 10.

“Are all sins the same before God?” January 27.

“Christian salvation: More and more questions.” February 5.

“Christian salvation: More and more questions (part 2).” February 8.

“Christian salvation: More and more questions (part 3).” February 10.

“Is God violent? Naming the questions.” February 29.

“Was John Howard Yoder a heretic? [part 1]” April 2.

“Was John Howard Yoder a heretic? [part 2]” April 3.

“Reflecting on Jesus’s cross.” April 6.

“Christian attitudes toward war: Rethinking the typology.” April 9.

“Are human beings violent by nature?” April 12.

“Someone else who has problems with World War II…” April 20.

“Jesus and homosexuality: What did he do?” April 21.

“Jesus and homosexuality, part 2.” April 27.

“Christian faith and religious pluralism.” May 8.

“The Mennonite Confession of faith and homosexuality.” May 9.

“A basic Christian argument for affirming gay marriage (part 1).” May 20.

“A basic Christian argument for affirming gay marriage (part 2).” May 20.

“A basic Christian argument for affirming gay marriage (part 3).” May 22.

“Why World War II was a moral disaster for the United States (part 1).” May 27.

“Why World War II was a moral disaster for the United States (part 2).” May 28. 

“Should Anabaptists be evangelicals?” June 11.

“Pacifist apologetics.” June 19.

“A pacifist reading of The Lord of the Rings.” June 30.

“Anabaptist evangelicalism?” July 8.

“The Bible’s salvation story.” August 13.

“A message to President Obama about salvation.” August 14.

“More on salvation: Responding to responses (part 1).” August 19.

“More on salvation: Responding to responses (part 2).” August 20.

“Why pacifism?” August 21.

“Why we Christians don’t love our enemies.” August 23.

“A helpful resource on homosexuality.” September 9.

“Should a pacifist vote for a warmonger?” October 1.

“More thoughts about voting (or not) for a “warmonger.” October 19.

“Faith and politics (Including voting).” October 28.

“A pacifist at the AAR/SBL.” November 23.

“Why the Bible matters for theology.” December 8.

“One problem (among many) with the just war theory.” December 9.

“God is not a pacifist, right?” December 16.

“Thoughts on gun violence.” December 23.

“Are pacifists moral relativists?” December 30. 

2013 [42 posts]

“Why we Christians don’t love our enemies.” February 8.

“How pacifists should read Christian sources (part 1).” February 10.

“How pacifists should read Christian sources (part 2).” March 31.

“A biblical theology of welcome: Toward an embrace of gay marriage (part 1).” April 28.

“A biblical theology of welcome: Toward an embrace of gay marriage (part 2).” May 19.

“A biblical theology of welcome: Toward an embrace of gay marriage (part 3).” May 26.

“The disaster that was World War II: Could things have been different (part 1)?” May 29.

“The disaster that was World War II: Could things have been different (part 2)?” May 30.

“Reversing World War II’s moral legacy (part 1).” June 3, 2013.

“Reversing World War II’s moral legacy (part 2).” June 4, 2013.

“On thinking like a postmodern Anabaptist (if that’s possible).” June 26.

“More thoughts on same-sex marriage and Christianity.” July 2.

“What makes a Mennonite?” July 3.

“John Howard Yoder and anarchism.” July 10.

“What’s to be done about John Howard Yoder? (guest post by Barbra Graber).” July 31.

“Reflections from a chagrined ‘Yoderian’ (part 1—introduction).” August 2.

“Reflections from a chagrined ‘Yoderian’ (part 2—sexual violence).” August 3.

“Reflections from a chagrined ‘Yoderian’ (part 3—Yoder’s violence).” August 4.

“Reflections from a chagrined ‘Yoderian’ (part 4—Yoder’s theology).” August 5.

“Reflections of a chagrined ‘Yoderian’ (part 5—where to now?).” August 6.

“What does the book of Revelation say? (part 1).” September 18.

“What does the book of Revelation say? (part 2).” September 19.

“What does the book of Revelation say? (part 3).” September 20.

“What does the book of Revelation say? (part 4).” September 21.

“What does the book of Revelation say? (part 5).” September 22.

“What does the book of Revelation say? (part 6).” September 23.

“Glen Stassen’s reflections on the Yoder case (guest post).” September 24.

“What does the book of Revelation say? (part 7).” September 27.

“What does the book of Revelation say? (part 8).” October 2.

“What does the book of Revelation say? (part 9).” October 3.

“What does the book of Revelation say? (part 10).” October 4.

“What does the book of Revelation say? (part 11).” October 19.

“What does the book of Revelation say? (part 12).” October 20.

“What does the book of Revelation say? (part 13).” October 22.

“What does the book of Revelation say? (part 14).” October 26.

“What does the book of Revelation say? (part 15).” October 27.

“What does the book of Revelation say? (part 16).” November 3.

“What does the book of Revelation say? (part 17).” November 5.

“What does the book of Revelation say? (part 18).” November 27.

“Salvation and the way of peace—(1) The problem.” December 13.

“Salvation and the way of peace—(2) The Old Testament.” December 14.

“Salvation and the way of peace—(3) Jesus’s life and teaching.” December 16.

2014 [32 posts]

“‘Mennonite Systematic Theology’: An opportunity whose time has passed?” January 6.

“Salvation and the way of peace—(4) Jesus’s death and resurrection.” January 21.

“Salvation and the way of peace—(5) Romans and Revelation.” January 22.

“Salvation and the way of peace—(6) Is there an atonement model in this story?” February 3.

“Does the Bible have a coherent peace message?” February 17.

“Will Mennonite Church USA survive? Reflecting on three decades of struggle (part 1).” February 28.

“Will Mennonite Church USA survive? Reflecting on three decades of struggle (part 2).” February 28.

“‘Othering’ and Mennonite sexuality struggles.” March 9.

“How Mennonite Church USA might survive: A fantasy.” March 23.

“Why Eastern Mennonite University should quit discriminating (part 1).” March 30.

“Why Eastern Mennonite University should quit discriminating (part 2).” March 30.

“Damaging the Christian faith? Questions about some anti-gay sentiments.” April 27.

“How the Old Testament story refutes the God-as-punisher assumption.” May 25.

“Why we should think of God as pacifist—(1) Introduction.” June 3.

“Why we should think of God as pacifist—(2) The Bible.” June 4.

“Why we should think of God as pacifist—(3) Addendum.” June 10.

“Why we should think of God as pacifist—(4) Experience and history.” June 24.

“Is the survival of Mennonite Church USA now less likely?” July 1.

“The ‘essence’ of Anabaptism.” July 22.

“Is there a ‘third way’ regarding same-sex marriage and the churches?” August 4.

“Does the Bible teach anarchism?” August 25.

“There’s power in the blood: Revelation’s patience and creation’s transformation.” September 21.

“Is pacifism for when ‘life happens’? A response to Rachel Held Evans.” September 29.

“Pacifism when ‘life happens’: Further thoughts.” October 2.

“Jesus’s love and gay Christians: Jeff Chu’s journey.” October 6.

The ‘Good War’ That Wasn’t….A new book on the way.” October 30.

“God and the (conservative) gay Christian.” November 3.

“God and the (celibate) gay Christian.” November 10.

“‘Saving’ the Joshua story? An anarchistic reading.” November 13.

“A new book on World War II’s moral legacy.” December 3.

“More thinking about an ‘anarchistic Christianity’.” December 16.

“Can an evangelical support gay marriage—and remain an evangelical? Responding to David Gushee’s Changing Our Mind.” December 19.

2015 [28 posts]

“Does God have a ‘design’ for marriage—that excludes gays?” January 5.

“Preaching on Romans.” January 12.

“Teaching on same-sex marriage and the Bible.” January 20.

“An anarchistic reading of the Bible—(1) Approaching the Bible.” January 25.

“An anarchistic reading of the Bible—(2) Creation and what follows.” February 2.

“An anarchistic reading of the Bible—(3) Exodus and Torah.” February 8.

“An anarchistic reading of the Bible—(4) Conquest and kingship.” February 16.

“An anarchistic reading of the Bible—(5) Prophetic critique.” February 22,

“An anarchistic reading of the Bible—(6) Messiah.” March 23.

“Is the Mennonite (Church USA) project doomed? Some ruminations.” April 21.

“Mennonites and ‘separation’: More ruminations.” April 26.

“What I learned from Millard Lind.” April 27.

“The ‘end’ of Mennonite Church USA.” May 12.

“Should Jesus determine our view of God?” May 26, 2015.

“An interview on justice, mercy, and God’s love.” June 17.

“Describing the Mennonite Church USA ‘conflict’.” June 19.

“Revelation is a peace book!” June 23.

“Revelation, God’s wrath, healing justice, and Mennonite Church USA.” July 6.

“MC USA’s ‘Membership Guidelines,’ part one: A history.” July 15.

“What’s wrong with Mennonite Church USA’s ‘Membership Guidelines’?” July 15 (actually posted December 3).

“Christian salvation—Part one: Problems with atonement theology.” September 14.

“Christian salvation—Part two: Old Testament mercy.” September 20.

“Mennonite Church USA’s moral crisis.” October 27.

“Should ‘love’ define a Christian university?” November 16.

“A note of Romans 13 and Christian ‘warism’.” November 30.

“Problems with Mennonite Church USA’s ‘Membership Guidelines’.” December 6.

“Is the book of Revelation on Falwell’s side?” December 9.

“The humane person’s dilemma regarding the ‘war on terror’.” December 14.

2016 [26 posts]

“Moral discernment and same-sex marriage: Why welcome is the best policy.” January 7.

“Have Mennonites moved past peace theology? A response to From Suffering to Solidarity.” January 11.

“A kindler, gentler machine-gun hand? A response to Preston Sprinkle’s People to be Loved: Why Homosexuality is not Just an Issue.” March 31.

“It’s time for a change…. Reflections on a transition.” May 3.

“One of the best books yet: A response to Mark Achtemeier’s The Bible’s Yes to Same-Sex Marriage.” May 24.

“The case for Bernie Sanders.” May 27.

“A non-apocalyptic reading of the Apocalypse of Jesus.” May 30.

“What does hope even mean?” June 26.

“Refuting the evangelical rejection of same-sex relationships. A response to James Brownson’s Bible, Gender, Sexuality.” July 5.

“The missing peace in the Democratic Party convention.” August 1.

“Where is God in the story of Jesus’s death? A response to Tony Jones’s Did God Kill Jesus? August 22.

“Misconstruing the Trump crisis.” September 5.

“Introduction to Mennonites and ‘Homosexuality’: The Struggle to Become a Welcoming Church.” September 7.

“A simple way to world peace? Recognize America as ‘Beast’.” September 19.

“‘Peace theology’ and ‘peacebuilding’: How strong a connection?” September 26.

“Are we in debt to God?” October 10.

“The book of Revelation’s revelation to Eastern Mennonite University.” October 15.

“A passionate Christian voice for abolishing the death penalty.” October 20.

“Why, in the end, I can’t vote for Hillary Clinton.” November 4.

“A pragmatic case for voting Green.” November 7.

“The empire ‘breaks bad’—Christian faith in the Trump era, part one: What happened?” November 29.

“The empire ‘breaks bad’—Christian faith in the Trump era, part two: What to expect and what to hope for.” December 1.

“The book of Revelation and America’s election: Christian faith in the Trump era, part three.” December 10.

“The book of Revelation on living in Empire: Christian faith in the Trump era, part 4.” December 11.

“On being informed: Faithful living in the Trump era, part 5.” December 13.

“Ten books for radical Christians: Faithful living in the Trump era, part 6.” December 15.

2017 [28 posts]

“What would Jesus say about the Russians?” January 30.

“The left/right schema must go: The task of moral political analysis.” February 10.

“What is justice? Love with claws.” February 19.

“Exorcising the ghosts of fundamentalism.” February 27.

“What kind of Christian politics? Some beginning thoughts.” April 5.

“Dreher’s ‘Benedict Option’: Part 1—What Dreher gets right.” May 3.

“Dreher’s ‘Benedict Option’: Part 2—A general critique.” May 3.

“Dreher’s ‘Benedict Option’: Part 3—Same-sex marriage as the paradigmatic problem.” May 8.

“Dreher’s ‘Benedict Option’: Part 4—A believers’ church alternative.” May 18.

“Impeach Trump? Not so fast…” May 20.

“Engaging Greg Boyd’s new book.” May 25.

“Positive theology.” June 11.

“A positive reading of the Old Testament.” July 9.

“The fascinating story of C. Henry Smith, a 20th century Mennonite pioneer.” July 14.

“A short review of Greg Boyd’s Crucifixion of the Warrior God.” July 18.

“Can an evangelical support gay marriage and remain an evangelical? Responding to David Gushee’s changing our mind, 3rd edition.” July 20.

“The Mennonite failure to find common ground on LGBTQ inclusion: Part I—Reflections on a thirty-year journey.” August 21.

“The Mennonite failure to find common ground on LGBTQ inclusion: Part II—Learning from the journey.” August 22.

“The Mennonite failure to find common ground on LGBTQ inclusion: Appendix on Romans 1:26-27.” August 28.

“The Mennonite failure to find common ground on LGBTQ inclusion: Appendix on 1 Corinthians 6:9-11.” September 1.

“Why the creation story can’t carry the weight the restrictive view puts on it: The Bible and LGBTQ inclusion [part 1].” October 2.

“Why it is important to recognize that Paul did not write about ‘homosexuality’: The Bible and LGBTQ inclusion [part 2].” October 4.

“A positive reading of the New Testament.” October 8.

“The book of Revelation and the problem of violence: A response to John Dominic Crossan.” October 11. [compare with May 8, 2018 post also on Crossan and Revelation.]

“The meaning of Christian pacifism: Part 1—Pacifism and the struggle against oppression.” October 29.

“The meaning of Christian pacifism: Part 2—Some biblical bases for pacifism.” November 4.

“The meaning of Christian pacifism: Part 3—The politics of engaged pacifism.” November 7.

“The meaning of Christian pacifism: Part 4—Pacifism as a way of knowing.” November 10.

2018 [15 posts]

“Trump as ‘Anointed One’: But who’s the anointer?” [guest post by David Myers] February 27.

“Christianity on war and peace: An overview.” March 15.

“An authentic witness: Remembering Norman Kraus.” April 29.

“What if Revelation 14 is about punitive judgment after all?” May 4.

“The Bible, violence, and John Dominic Crossan—with special attention to the book of Revelation.” May 8. [compare with October 11, 2017 post also on Crossan and Revelation.]

“What does Romans 13 actually teach?” June 18,

“Wondering about the American Civil War [Civil War #1].” June 25.

“God and punitive judgment in Revelation.” July 29.

“An interesting book on divine violence.” August 16.

“What happened in the Civil War? Reflections on James McPherson’s Battle Cry of Freedom [Civil War #2].” September 3.

“A response to Old Testament violence.” September 17.

“Why abortion opponents should oppose Brett Kavanaugh…and all other Republicans.” September 29.

“The centrality of God’s love: A response to Greg Boyd’s Cross Vision (Part 1: Boyd’s argument).” November 5.

“The centrality of God’s love: A response to Greg Boyd’s Cross Vision (Part 2: An assessment).” November 6.

“The centrality of God’s love: A response to Greg Boyd’s Cross Vision (Part 3: An alternative).” November 8.

2019 [36 posts]

“Turning against evangelicalism: A pastor’s story (review of Chris Kratzer’s Leatherbound Terrorism).” January 2.

“A Civil War question: Can one hate both slavery and war equally?” [Civil War #3] January 7.

“Looking West—Introducing a blog series.” February 15.

“Trump and US Democracy (Looking West #2).” February 16.

“The joys and dilemmas of road food (Looking West #3).” February 18.

“Socialism and capitalism: Two exhausted labels (Looking West #4).” February 19.

“Charlie Rich sure could sing (Looking West #5).” February 20.

“Despairing for Mennonite Church, USA.” February 23.

“The path not taken: More thoughts on ‘Despairing for MC USA’.” February 26.

“Is the Old Testament actually ‘dying'”? March 15.

“Was the American Civil War about slavery?” [Civil War #4] March 20.

“Russiagate and peace on earth.” March 29.

“‘Anabaptist’ but not ‘Christian’ (or ‘Mennonite’): A thought experiment (part 1).” April 9.

“‘Anabaptist’ but not ‘Christian’ (or ‘Mennonite’): A thought experiment (part 2).” April 10.

“Are we better off without God and Christianity? Thoughts on healing the world.” April 15.

“Questions from the wrong side of Easter.” April 24.

“What’s wrong with how we view the Civil War? [Civil War #5].” April 29.

“Is Christian pacifism a thing?” May 20.

“Pacifism in America, part one: The roots of war resistance.” May 31.

“Pacifism in America, part two: Refusing the ‘good war’.” June 3.

“Pacifism in America, part three: Making peace through service.” June 5.

“Pacifism in America, part four: Pacifism in the Civil Rights Movement.” June 7.

“Pacifism in America, part five: Opposing nukes and the Vietnam War.” June 13.

“Pacifism in America, part six: Peacebuilding and civil society.” June 17.

“Pacifism in America, part seven: A pacifist agenda.” June 19.

“Fatherly companionable silence” (Theological memoir #1). June 24.

“Revelation for post-Christians” (Peaceable Revelation #1). June 27.

“Losing inerrancy” (Theological memoir #2). July 10.

“War of words: The key to understanding the book of Revelation” (Peaceable Revelation #2). July 22.

“How reading Hans-Georg Gadamer prepared me for heartbreak” (Theological memoir #3). July 29.

“Are we living in ‘the Great Tribulation’?” (Peaceable Revelation #3). August 13.

“What grief teaches us about God” (Theological memoir #4). August 19.

“Is violence necessary to win freedom?” (Civil War #6). September 4.

“Why God doesn’t intervene” (Theological memoir #5). November 18.

“Why the Bible need not be a problem for pacifists” (Theological memoir #6). December 16.

2020 [12 posts]

“Is ‘schism’ okay? What to make of the Methodist split” (Theological memoir #7). January 3.

“Hope, despair, and environmentalism’s failures: A response to ‘Planet of the Humans'” (American politics #1). April 30.

“The crisis in American politics: A 2020 campaign diary (part 1)” (American politics #2). May 1.

“The crisis in American politics: A 2020 campaign diary (part 2)” (American politics #3). May 2.

“The crisis in American politics: A 2020 campaign diary (part 3)” (American politics #4). May 15.

“Pacifist questions during an uprising” (Pacifism/Peace Theology #1). June 25.

“Thinking of the United States as foundationally racist” (American politics #5; Civil War #7). June 29.

“The pacifist ache: What’s missing in our politics?” (Pacifism/Peace Theology #2). July 6.

“A social gospel for the 21st century: Drew Hart’s creative synthesis.” September 3.

“On wishing Donald Trump well” (American politics #6). October 7.

“Interim reflections on the 2020 election” (American politics #7). November 5.

“The toxic sludge in America’s soul: The tragedy of systemic racism” (Civil War #8). November 6.

2021 [26 posts]

“Our need for the book of Revelation’s peace message” (Peaceable Revelation #4). January 5.

“Hope and the embrace of our imperfect present” (Theological memoir #8). January 9.

“Living in a broken world: Power, love, and the plagues in Revelation” (Peaceable Revelation #5). January 15.

“Why I am not (quite) an atheist” (Theological memoir #9). January 17.

“Satan in the book of Revelation—and today” (Peaceable Revelation #6). January 20.

“Does Christianity prepare people to be misled by those in power?” (Pacifism/Peace theology #3). January 23.

“How Revelation’s non-predictive prophecy speaks to our pandemic” (Peaceable Revelation #7). January 29.

“The ‘Anabaptist sensibility’ and Mennonite signifier.” (Theological memoir #10). February 2.

“It’s not the Bible’s fault Christians are violent.” (Pacifism/Peace theology #4). February 9.

“A moral analysis of America’s Civil War: A response to Harry Stout’s Upon the Altar of the Nation (Civil War #9). February 11.

“The anarchistic appeal of the Bible: A needed story for human wellbeing” (Theological memoir #11). February 16.

“Why we pay attention to Jesus” (Jesus story #1). April 6.

“Singing down mercy.” (Jesus story #2). April 9.

“Son of Adam, Son of God” (Jesus story #3). April 12.

“To turn from the abyss toward Jubilee” (Jesus story #4). April 15.

“God’s greatest power is mercy” (Jesus story #5). April 19.

“What matters most?” (Jesus story #6). April 22.

“Jesus’s identity—and ours” (Jesus story #7). April 26.

“The troublemaker” (Jesus story #8). April 29.

“Salvation—From what?” (Jesus story #9). May 3.

“Metaphysical therapy.” (Jesus story #10). May 6.

“Listening to Moses.” (Jesus story #11). May 10.

“When the ‘good news’ becomes bad news.” (Jesus story #12). May 13.

“Life in death.” (Jesus story #13). May 17.

“The prophet’s vindication.” (Jesus story #14). May 20.

“God and warism: The dilemma.” (Theological memoir #12). June 7.